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Women Fifty Minutes

Shi Tou

Release year: 2006

Run time: 54 mins

Film type: Documentary


From 2000 to 2004, these images were primarily captured in the Chinese Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the remote and developing southwestern region of China, and the urban city of Beijing. They document the contemporary societal changes happening in China. Women are seen working, praying, playing, and loving in various locations, Everything is bound to change...


Director biography

Born in 1969 into a family of Miao, an ethnic minority in south-west China’s Guizhou Province, Shi Tou is an artist, photographer, independent filmmaker and queer activist. Her 2006 experimental documentary Women Fifty Minutes is a compilation of various shots and impressions of the filmmaker’s trip to her lesbian partner Mingming’s hometown, as well as her daily wandering in Beijing. Her 2015 documentary We Are Here (co-directed with Zhao Jing) about the history of lesbian activism in the People’s Republic of China was commissioned by the Ford Foundation Beijing Office to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and to document the progress of women’s rights in China since 1995.